Gizmodo: Feds Say YouTuber-Pilot Intentionally Crashed Plane for Views

Gizmodo: Feds Say YouTuber-Pilot Intentionally Crashed Plane for Views. “The pilot, YouTuber, and former Olympic snowboarder, Trevor Jacob, who posted a 13-minute video of himself escaping a crashing plane in December 2021, no longer has a license to fly. This comes after the Federal Aviation Administration wrapped up a 3-month long investigation that uncovered some pretty insane findings. In an April 11 letter to Jacob, first revealed in a New York Times report on Wednesday, the FAA said evidence shows he operated the flight to purposely cause it to crash, adding evidence like, ‘during this flight, you opened the left side pilot door before you claimed the engine had failed.’”

Business Insider: Ukrainian pilots launch ‘Buy Me A Jet’ campaign to help defeat Russia’s massive air superiority

Business Insider: Ukrainian pilots launch ‘Buy Me A Jet’ campaign to help defeat Russia’s massive air superiority. “The Ukrainian military has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the purchase of new fighter jets, say reports. In a video showing destroyed Ukrainian military equipment and devastated homes and towns, a Ukrainian pilot looks into the camera and says, ‘buy me a fighter jet.’”

CBC: Female wartime aircraft builders in Fort William to be celebrated on new website

CBC: Female wartime aircraft builders in Fort William to be celebrated on new website. “A 1999 documentary about the women who worked in Fort William’s Canadian Car and Foundry plant during the Second World War is getting new life as an interactive website. The site will combine material gathered for the original film with new material that was contributed by a staff member at the Thunder Bay Alstom plant — the former home of Can Car — according to Lakehead University history professor Ron Harpelle.”

Hull Live: Families share memories of airship disaster to mark 100th anniversary

Hull Live: Families share memories of airship disaster to mark 100th anniversary. “An appeal for information ahead of the 100th anniversary of an airship disaster that claimed dozens of lives has unearthed a range of ‘touching’ stories and artefacts from the families of casualties, survivors and witnesses. The R.38/ZR-2 exploded mid-flight and crashed into the Humber in front of thousands of onlookers in Hull on August 24 1921, leaving 44 of the aircraft’s 49-strong British and American crew dead.”

BBC: Just how hard is it to recycle a jumbo jet?

BBC: Just how hard is it to recycle a jumbo jet?. “Thanks to the pandemic and the subsequent collapse in air travel, around a quarter of the world’s passenger jets remain idle – parked at airports and storage facilities while their owners decide what to do with them. Some of those aircraft will never fly again.”

BBC: Appeal for tales of Hull airship crash which killed 44

BBC: Appeal for tales of Hull airship crash which killed 44. “An appeal has been launched for stories and memorabilia ahead of the 100th anniversary of an airship disaster which killed 44 people. The R.38/ZR-2 exploded mid-flight in front of onlookers in Hull on 24 August 1921, before crashing into the River Humber, killing most of the crew. The airship, called the ‘Titanic of the skies’, was on a test flight before being handed over to the US Navy.”

NBC News: FAA finally OKs database to track pilot employment records, after 12 years of delays

NBC News: FAA finally OKs database to track pilot employment records, after 12 years of delays. “Twelve years after Colgan Flight 3407 crashed, the loved ones of the 50 victims finally got from the federal government what they’ve long been demanding — a pledge to create a U.S. database to keep track of bad pilots. But it could be a few more years before that long-awaited database is fully implemented.”

Portland Tribune: Spruce Goose archives could take flight with state grant

Portland Tribune: Spruce Goose archives could take flight with state grant. “If you think Howard Hughes’ plane the Spruce Goose is big (It is. It really is), then try this on for size: more than 1 million pieces of paper — documents, blueprints, original drawings and thousands of photographs. That’s what the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Yamhill County holds in a stack of shelves, file cabinets and cardboard tubes related to construction of the giant flying boat.”

PC Magazine: Watch NASA’s Historic Ingenuity Helicopter Flight on Mars in 3D

PC Magazine: Watch NASA’s Historic Ingenuity Helicopter Flight on Mars in 3D. “If you thought watching NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter fly across the Martian sky last month was exciting, you’re in for a real treat. Engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration rendered the historic third flight in 3D, lending what the agency called ‘dramatic depth’ to the short trip—as the chopper lifts into the air, zips off screen, and returns moments later for landing.”

Herald Scotland: Scotland’s proud aviation heritage celebrated with new trail and website

Herald Scotland: Scotland’s proud aviation heritage celebrated with new trail and website. “The Scottish Aviation & STEM Trail website launched today by the RAF in Scotland with collaboration from Scottish Regional Air Museums and the RAF Museum. The trail brings together the history of aviation in Scotland and promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities for all ages, using the past to inspire the next generation. There is also input from the likes of the Scottish University Air Squadrons, Air Cadets and the RAF Museum with the Scottish Regional Air Museums and aviation enthusiasts from around the country.”

Vice: Commercial Airline Pilots Keep Reporting UFOs Over Canada

Vice: Commercial Airline Pilots Keep Reporting UFOs Over Canada. “On the morning of May 30, 2016, an Air Canada Express flight from Montreal to Toronto reported it had ‘crossed an unidentified flying object, round in shape, flying at an approximate speed of 300kts,’ or more than 550 km/h. Over 8,000 feet above Lake Ontario on Nov. 14 of that year, two crew members were injured when a Porter Airlines plane dove to avoid hitting an ‘object’ that ‘appeared to be solid… and shaped like an upright doughnut or inner tube.’ By combing through thousands of reports in a government flight incident database, VICE World News has uncovered dozens of recent UFO sightings from Canadian and international airlines.”

NPR: Success! NASA’s Ingenuity Makes First Powered Flight On Mars

NPR: Success! NASA’s Ingenuity Makes First Powered Flight On Mars. “Orville and Wilbur would be proud. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made the first-ever powered flight on another planet, 117 years after the Wright Brothers’ historic flight on this planet. The flight itself was modest. The 4-pound helicopter rose 10 feet in the air, hovered briefly, and returned to the Martian surface. An images taken from the craft showed Ingenuity’s shadow on the surface and another taken from the Perseverance rover showed an airborne Ingenuity.”

BellingCat: Launching an Open Source Aircraft Database for Venezuela

Thanks to Tish W. for the heads-up! BellingCat: Launching an Open Source Aircraft Database for Venezuela . “In January 2020, I started an open database of aircraft registered in Venezuela. Using open source flight tracking data and helpful tips from aircraft tracking enthusiasts, the database now includes details on approximately 240 aircraft. The vast majority of these aircraft are registered in Venezuela, but some are foreign-registered with some connection to the country (more on that later).”

Aerotime Hub: EASA to collect aircraft noise level data in single database

Aerotime Hub: EASA to collect aircraft noise level data in single database. “On December 15, 2020, the EASA launched the Aircraft Noise Certificate or Equivalent Noise Documentation (ANC) database, where the aircraft operators will provide the necessary information about the noise levels. The collected data will be available to airports, air navigation service providers, and other European authorities for operational purposes.”